The 2020 Sonoma-Marin Fair Goes Virtual!
Summertime is fair time, and the first fair of the season in the North Bay is the Sonoma-Marin Fair, which usually takes place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. Of course summer 2020 is not your normal summer, so the the fair is going virtual! 2020's virtual fair theme is "Fair Play". Break out the board games, grab a fair inspired snack or two, and follow along for a variety of contests, activities, showcases, and more! The Virtual Fair takes place Wednesday through Saturday, June 24 to 28, 2020.
The five-day Virtual Fair follows a fun-filled daily schedule and offers some fun ideas for families to enjoy. To kick things off, a fair-themed movie list will get everyone in the spirit. Babe, Lady Driver, Roped, and So Dear to My Heart are just some of the family-friendly films listed which can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Each day of the Virtual Fair prompts “fairgoers” to engage in Fair Play with a classic game like Candy Land, Dominos, Pictionary, and more. Also on the schedule is a Contest of the Day where both kids and adults can submit their entries online. Winners will receive prizes including vouchers for tickets to the 2021 Sonoma-Marin Fair. Write limericks, creating a fair meme, dressing up the family dog, and more!
Check out the Fun @Home suggestions in the daily schedule for ideas like taking funny family photos or trying out balloon art with a video tutorial from Sadie the Balloon Lady. "Fairgoers” who are more of the DIY type can create a suncatcher, make giant paper dice, or upcycle a game-day wreath.
A daily Ag Showcase will provide learning experiences about eggs and poultry, swine, goats, dairy cows, and more. Plus, Farm-to-Table Recipes bring the taste of local ag producers home with recipes for BBQ oven baked ribs, butternut squash goat “cheese” crostini, pesto and egg grilled cheese, and tamale pie.
The Virtual Fair Schedule includes:
- Wednesday, June 24: Kids' Day. Play Candyland or Monopoly, make balloon art, and craft a suncatcher, and learn about poultry and eggs.
- Thursday, June 25: Senior Day. Play dominos or bingo, write a limerick, decorate a coloring sheet, and learn about pigs.
- Friday, June 26: Heroes Day. Play the Game of Life or Pictionary, dress up your dog, have an indoor scavenger hunt, create your own charms, and learn about goats.
- Saturday, June 27: Farmer's Day. Play Apples to Apples or Yahtzee, participate in Farm Olympics, share photos of your victory garden, craft giant paper dice, and learn about cows.
- Sunday, June 28: Family Fiesta! Play Chutes and Ladders or Battleship, make a fair meme, share funny family fair photos, craft an upcycled wreath, and more!
Also on Sunday, June 28, classic cars will drive through Petaluma for a Drive-Thru and Cruise to thank front line personnel and first responders. This strictly social-distanced event is sponsored by the Cruisn’ North Car Club and Petaluma Speedway, and is hosted by the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center. For more information, including schedule and route, visit www.cruisinnorth.com.
Last, but certainly not least, the Fair just isn’t the Fair without the sounds of the Petaluma Stage. While the Petaluma stage may be quiet during the Virtual Fair, the Sonoma-Marin Fair will be Presenting Sponsor of the Petaluma Music Festival. Families at home can enjoy the music lineup on the Petaluma Music Festival’s Virtual Stage with bands like the Highway Poets, Bandjango Collectif featuring Stella Heath, Dirty Red Barn, the Commonheart, and Black Sheep Brass Band.
For more information on the Sonoma-Marin Virtual Fair, visit www.sonoma-marinfair.org or call (707) 283-FAIR.
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